Venues we love to film

Sexy Glamour Wedding Shoot

~ The Abbey of Allegretto, Paso Robles

Styled shoots are so much fun, even though they aren’t real… this couple was recently married and their chemistry POPS off the screen.  I was inspired to film this shoot in a “sexy glamour” way.  Normally, we videographers and photographers capture what is really happening, so being able to direct and have some “do-overs” was a dream.

ABBEY WEDDING SHOOT photo 01Imagine a wedding taking place in and around an Abbey!  Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles has the most charming old world Abbey (chapel) that can host smaller weddings and stunning intimate dinners.  CHECK OUT THE TUSCAN-INSPIRED RESORT, ALLEGRETTO… tell them Susan sent you!

Featured in Grey Likes Weddings Magazine

ALLEGRETTO VINEYARD RESORT

~ STUNNING WEDDINGS IN PASO ROBLES, CA

If you are looking for an outstanding new venue that will make your wedding stand out … check out this astonishing resort in Paso Robles.

There is great travel praise for the beautiful new Allegretto Resort in Paso Robles and you will certainly be impressed by the stunning 171-room Tuscan-inspired design. Everywhere you look the grand open spaces make you want to take some time and explore the place. But peel back just one little layer of this resplendent onion and the depths of something more powerfully intended might knock your chakra socks off.

You may just want to sit for a minute… a lot. The place has a way of nurturing you, especially in your 14 foot-ceiling guest-room with the private patio opening to the grand courtyard. Pops of color at play throughout the resort reorganize into four specific guest-room palettes… mine was aubergine and I sank into its warmth immediately. I found myself peaking out from my sleep just for the pleasure of being with the space and then drifting back to dream.

ALLEGRETTO COURTYARD

ALLEGRETTO COURTYARD

Drawing upon the ancient ways of landscape and design, every item that has made its way to this gracious resort is part of an instrumental silent symphony, highly vibrational and not in the audible scale.

A massive slab of marble that was hand-picked from a mountainside in Italy, is now two Greek statues overlooking the 11,000-square-foot courtyard, each having the exact directional bearing as when they were pulled from the earth. Hand-made adirondack chairs in front of the resort are calibrated to create a flawless sitting experience. I didn’t want to get up. An enormous cross-section of a Sequoia tree with rings more than 2,500 years old will fill you with wonder.

So what you don’t see or hear, you could easily feel. It’s all at work and play in Allegretto’s diverse co-existence of elements and all for the purpose of creating a higher dimensional category that will elevate the human experience.

Your friends and family will love all the Paso Robles vineyards and the wine tasting opportunities will provide all kinds of fun. Tell them Susan sent you!

Firestone Vineyards

Incredible Views and Variety In One Location

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Firestone Vineyards in Santa Ynez (Santa Barbara Wine Country) is so uniquely situated and layed-out for the bride and groom who want lots of variety within one location… I just had to write about it.

The First Look took place along side rows and rows of vines giving way to the occasional masterful oak tree…open and unobstructed.  So glad I brought a drone!

The Ceremony, just a 5 minute walk from the main Tasting Room, was on a plateau and overlooked incredible wine country vistas.

Cocktail Hour, beautifully shaded and nestled against the Tasting Room on the upper lawn, has a meandering pathway that welcomed Ceremony guests to some lively libations and lounge style seating.

Jennifer & Remington photo13The Barrel Room for Dinner… wow,  you’ve got to see this Barrel Room to believe it.  The impeccably dressed, singular table must have stretched out 35 yards and was closely flanked by massive stacks of golden hued wine barrels.  The statement of elegance was breathtaking.

Reception in the Courtyard, right around the corner, yet altogether different in its tone and design.  It is totally outdoors yet has an indoor intimacy.  Everyone was enjoying the finger-food desserts and dancing the night away to the sounds of the talented musicians of the “Vanity Fair Band”.

Rainbows… can be requested  : )

Santa Barbara venues we love

San Ysidro Ranch
Bacara Resort
Biltmore Four Seasons
El Presido de Santa Barbara
Fess Parker/Doubletree
La Vista Estate
Montecito Country Club
Rockwood Women’s Club
Riviera Mansion
Santa Barbara Courthouse
St. Regis Santa Barbara
University Club
Gainey Vinyard
Coquelicot Winery
Firestone Vineyard

Oh, those 5 diamond resorts!!!

Someone recently asked me which wedding venue was my favorite place to film?  Hum… that’s a tough one.

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The St. Regis Resort and Spa in Deer Valley Utah is astonishingly beautiful.  Stunning mountains and gorgeous spaces.  (I’d like to do my wedding here).

 

The Four Seasons Resort in Maui is just perfect all the time.  Everyone is just so darn happy to be here!  The event directors Karen Lincoln and Denise Black are excellent.  (I’d like to do my wedding here : )

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Saddlerock Ranch Vineyard in Malibu is over-the-top rustic elegance.  Check out Ashley’s video.

The California Club downtown Los Angeles is super cool and urban chic.  And those skyline views at night, wow!

Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes has that amazing ceremony site on the cliffs overlooking the ocean.  Heaven.

My answer just might be… “The one I haven’t filmed yet”!  Because the new places just sing out to me and all of the moments are pure inspiration.
The list go on and on.

Hotel Bel-Air

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

Beverly Hills Hotel
 
Bacara in Santa Barbara

San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito

The Biltmore Four Seasons

Firestone Vineyards ~ Santa Barbara Wine Country

Shutters on the Beach

Bel-Air Bay Club

Oviatt  downtown L.A.

El Encanto  Santa Barbara

 

Oh, those 5 diamond resorts!!!

Part 2  coming soon.

Let me share a little secret with you… some of these top venues have very cool unknown spots that are a bit off their regular wedding grid.  Smaller weddings of 40 – 70…?  Much less than you would think!